“My Mother always said once the kids are back in school, it’s time to start getting the house ready for winter,” Simone said. “So job number one – the inspection.” Armed with a notebook and her iPhone – ‘for taking pictures of any problems’ – the South Shore homeowner led a tour of the exterior of her home.
“What you want to do is make sure there are no gaps or vulnerabilities where the cold winter air can come into the house,” Simone explained. “That’s where your chilly drafts come from. And also, it’s where moisture gets into the house, which can create a whole bunch of problems.”
“If a window has a crack, a chip, some small damage, you don’t want to ignore this,” she continued. “The reason why is glass breaks easier when the temperatures are low. If there’s already damage, it’s going to get worse.” Sometimes people put off repairing small problems to their windows because they think it will be quite expensive, but Simone has the answer to that concern. “You don’t need to spend all your money replacing the windows. Just have them do the window glass replacement. Problem fixed for much less cost.”
Besides the windows, Simone recommends paying attention to your home’s main entrance, back door, and any other entrances. “A lot of cold air gets in, especially if the door does not close properly. Some of these cheaper doors are not very well insulated, and that’s where you get a lot of heat loss. If a time comes when you are remodeling, choose a better door and the house will be warmer in the winter.”
Gaps, cracks, or other damage to vinyl siding can also be addressed during the autumn. “Even a small opening can be a problem because water can get in behind there and freeze,” Simone explained. “Not to mention the fact that insects and vermin like those cozy spots to hide in. Button them up and you’ll be happier.”